Variations in the bridging trait of the hypoglossal canal in 13th century Byzantine skulls
Article first published online: 22 APR 2005
Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Osteoarchaeology
Volume 15, Issue 2, pages 140–145, March/April 2005
How to Cite
Ari, I., Kurt, M. A., Oygucu, I. H. and Sendemir, E. (2005), Variations in the bridging trait of the hypoglossal canal in 13th century Byzantine skulls. Int. J. Osteoarchaeol., 15: 140–145. doi: 10.1002/oa.738
- Issue published online: 22 APR 2005
- Article first published online: 22 APR 2005
- Manuscript Accepted: 5 JAN 2004
- Manuscript Revised: 12 MAY 2003
- Manuscript Received: 6 NOV 2002
- hypoglossal canal;
- bridging trait;
- population differences
The presence of a bony bridge in the (bridging trait) hypoglossal canal, with five different modes, was investigated in 25 adult male Byzantine (13th century) skulls. First, we re-evaluated the viability of proposed classification schemes, then for the first time, provided information on the structural features of this part of the occipital bone in a population of Asia Minor. Analysis of the data revealed minor differences in the Byzantine population compared to those previously investigated. Diverse geographical sources may be beneficial in understanding the role of developmental and genetic factors in bridging trait. Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.